Our British Cousins

My father-in-law’s cousin and her husband flew out of OIA this morning at 7am to spend the last 12 days of their vacation in Antigua before flying home to London.

Cindy and I last saw Frank and Jenny 8 years ago when we spent 3 days in London at the end of our 2 week trip to Scotland. They were kind enough to show us around in the short amount of time we had there, though there are still plenty of places we want to return and visit. One of the highlights was their getting us into a rarely visited portion of the royal estate to view the gravesites of my father-in-law’s ancestors, one of whom was the Royal Gardener (I’m sure the title was something more regal sounding, but I can’t recall it) to Queen Victoria and one who was the Head Housekeeper.

With a name like Wetherington, I should have looked around for some of my ancestors, but that stuff really holds no interest to me. However, Cindy and Jenny love looking into their family’s past and spent a lot of their time together doing just that on this visit. Here’s photographic proof.

Jenny (left) and Cindy already on the computer exploring family genealogy within minutes of our arrival Saturday afternoon.

Jenny (left) and Cindy already on the computer exploring family genealogy within minutes of our arrival Saturday afternoon.

They arrived this past Friday night and we did some visiting on Saturday afternoon/evening. We finally got them away from the computer so we could have dinner. We were joined by Amber and Abby.

Family at dinner

From the bottom left; Dad, Cindy, Amber, Abby, Mom, jenny and Frank.

They also came out with Cindy’s parents to the Eola Market on Sunday to see Cindy’s Mountain Creek Candles business in action and walk around Lake Eola.

This past Monday Cindy and I, her parents and Frank and Jenny had afternoon tea at the Dickens Tea Room in Lake Mary and they said it made them feel a bit at home.

WIndow sign for Dickens Tea Room


Men enjoying Dickens Tea Room

From the left: Frank, Me and Dad, plus unidentified ladies in the background.

Ladies enjoying Dickens Tea Room

From left: Mom, Jenny and Cindy, plus unidentified ladies in the background.

Sandwich and tea

My cup and plate; I have never felt so refined in my life.


After the tea Cindy and I returned to the hotel while her parents and Frank and Jenny took a stroll around Leu Gardens.

Tuesday, Cindy’s parents took Frank and Jenny on the Scenic Boat Tour of Winter Park’s Chain of Lakes and by all accounts they had a great time. Tuesday evening we joined them for a few last hours at Cindy’s parent’s home for dinner, some genealogy tracking and enjoyable conversation.

family looking at photos online

Frank, Jenny, Dad, Mom and Cindy looking at family photos on the laptop.

Far too soon it was time to say “Goodnight” so that they could finish packing and get some sleep before arising this morning at 4am to get to the airport in time for their flight to Antigua.

Family with "God Save the Queen" pillow

Jenny, Dad, Mom and Frank in front of the fireplace with Mom holding the gift from Frank and Jenny.

Frank and Jenny, it was such a pleasure getting to see you both again. Hopefully we can make a return trip to London in the near future to visit further with you and finish our sightseeing. 🙂


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